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Monthly Archives: December 2010

Monadhliath windfarm approved

The Scottish Government has approved the building of a large-scale wind farm in the Monadhliath hills south west of Loch Ness. Developer, Renewable Energy Systems (RES) have been given permission to construct 33 turbines, 120 metres high, at Dunmaglass, just south of Farr, and about 15 miles south of Inverness. The Dunmaglass estate is owned by property developer Sir Jack Arnold Hayward, former chairman of Wolverhampton Wanderers listed by the Sunday Times as the 125th richest person in Britain, and is popular as a shooting estate. The wind farm plans have been controversial from the start, with objections from the

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Volunteer call for woodland birds

Forestry Commission Scotland has put out a plea to birders across the country to help assess woodland bird species in 2011. The call for volunteers comes after a three year effort to get better information on woodland birds recorded in the UK wide Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) organised annually by the British Trust for Ornithology. Gordon Patterson, the Commission’s Biodiversity Policy Advisor, said: “The Commission, together with SNH, provided funding for a professional survey of additional woodland sample areas in Scotland so that we could assess changes in woodland bird populations more thoroughly. “That has been a success: we’ve helped

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Appeal for wildlife repeated

The continued cold weather has prompted Scottish Natural Heritage to remind people using the countryside to give wildlife space to feed and survive. Last winter a wide range of species suffered, including common birds such as wrens, dunnock, treecreeper, robin and greenfinch. Barn owls also suffered. If weather continues cold then we will see a similar picture. The frozen conditions means wild birds, particularly those species which rely on wet habitats such as ducks, geese and shore waders, will likely be struggling to find sufficient food to survive. There have been reports of unusual wildfowl behaviour, such as mass movements

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Last chance to win Scotland book

There are only four days left to enter Walkhighlands' competition to win Chris Townsend’s new guidebook, Scotland. The competition ends on 31 December, and offers the chance to win one of two copies of Cicerone’s latest guide in the World Mountain Ranges series, Scotland, by legendary walker Chris Townsend. This 560-page magnum opus is the comprehensive guide to all of Scotland’s regions for the mountain adventurer, from the Southern Uplands to the Cairngorms, Torridon and the jagged peaks of Skye. Illustrated with superb photographs, the book was seven years in the making and is set to become a bible for

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Hebridean Trail on BBC2 Scotland

BBC2 Scotland will be showing Cameron McNeish’s Hebridean Trail at 7pm tonight (Monday 27 December). In the programme McNeish travels on foot and on bike through the long chain of the Outer Hebrides, from the most southerly inhabited island of Vatersay to the Butt of Lewis in the north. On his journey he meets people whose families have lived here for centuries, as well as relative newcomers. He explores a landscape full of variety – from the stunning panoramic viewpoint on Eaval’s summit in North Uist, to flora and fauna that must be patiently sought out. It is, argues Cameron;

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Call to use countryside as Green Gym

One of Scotland’s leading health experts is calling for Scots to get a taste for the outdoors during the year of active Scotland. Sir Kenneth Calman, former Chief Medical Officer and now Chairman of the National Trust for Scotland, said that taking advantage of the ‘green gym’, the nation’s stunning natural heritage is cheaper and of more benefit to families’ health and wellbeing than a gym membership. The views are better too. The Year of Active Scotland begins on 1 January 2011, when the Scottish Government are inspiring the people of Scotland to be more active in their everyday lives

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Bird spectacle planned for Loch Leven

A bird walk on 30 December, led by Scottish Natural Heritage staff, will showcase the winter spectacles on offer at the Loch Leven national nature reserve. Winter is a surprisingly good time to see some fascinating bird life at the Loch Leven reserve. The pink-footed geese congregating often steal the limelight from the many other impressive wildfowl, including teal, wigeon, pintail and pochard. And there are also winter migrants off the loch to see in action: large flocks of fieldfare and redwing, having travelled south from Scandinavia, and waxwing may appear in variable numbers each winter to feed on the

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Happy Xmas from Walkhighlands

Season’s greetings from the Walkhighlands’ team – have a good one and keep safe.

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Crime scene footprints in Fife

The recent snowfall has caused chaos in many parts of the country but at Scottish Natural Heritage's (SNH) Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve, snow has had a revealing effect. The white stuff is perfect for following the, sometimes shocking, behaviour of our winter wildlife. With frozen water and snow covering some foodstuffs animals are forced to get out when they can and travel longer distances, even if it means doing so in daylight for more nocturnal animals, to fight for their meals. Some animals are also out looking for mates and this also increases the chances of alert, well wrapped up

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Moorland project combats harrier decline

An innovative project in Renfrewshire is combating declining hen harrier numbers. Over the last three years, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has been working with land managers in the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park to support management of their moorland for wildlife. In all ten land managers have signed up to a management scheme, covering 8,380 hectares of moorland. Known as Renfrewshire Heights, the moorland is internationally important for breeding hen harriers and it is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Protection Area. Over a number of years muirburn and high levels of grazing have caused a

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